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Policing Ethnicity in a Diversified Sweden

Despite the importance of ethnicity in shaping patterns of crime and victimization, the fields of criminology and sociology of law have contributed very little. The proposed research programme has as its overall aim to address these lacunae. In the proposed programme policing will be understood as all those activities involved in the provision of security and/or the maintenance of order, expanding our gaze from the usual criminal justice agencies to include the new multiple modes of policing. Policing will be studied as the patterns of social control, or governance of inclusion and exclusion, along the dynamic and interrelated dimensions of ethnicity, class and gender. Each of the individual studies interrogates separate aspects of the problem complex. The separate studies will include ethnographies relying heavily upon open-ended thematical interviews and ethnographic observations, together with document analyses. It is the programme as a whole that will make a major contribution to the analysis of how ethnicity is impacting the new multiple modes of policing and their consequences for the everyday lives of ethnic minorities living in Sweden today. Subsequently, the second overlapping step in our research programme is to bring the individual case studies to bear on comparison in order to shed light upon the more formal mechanisms of policing ethnicity. The themes that will be investigated are: The public order police policing ethnicity, policing ethnicity under private auspices, policing partnerships, and policing migration. The members of the proposed research programme are divided between two ‘sub-teams’, the one centred around Professor Peterson in Gothenburg and the other around Professor Åkerström in Lund. While our academic publication strategy is primarily directed towards an international public, we will continue to publish and orally present our research in Swedish in order to make our work accessible to practitioners, as well as policy makers.

For more information, please contact Abby Peterson

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